Home Buying Tips – How to Choose a Real Estate Agent

Navigating the current real estate market is no easy task, especially for novices. If you are in considering either buying or selling your first home a skilled real estate agent can make the task easier and assist in getting you the most bang for your housing dollar. A qualified agent can help consumers better navigate the new landscape of the real estate market as it is their job to stay up to date on all the current industry news while the wrong one can make any real estate transaction painful to endure.

Your real estate agent has the power to set the entire tone for any property transaction that will be conducted, making the selection process of your rep incredibly important. Although selecting your broker may seem as challenging as locating that stray needle in a haystack, there are some simple steps you can take to make the process easier:

  • Hunt and Gather: Real estate agents are a dime a dozen and the first step is to build a list of all potential candidates. Feel free to ask friends and family whom they used for their last home transaction. They will honestly tell you who their agent was and if they would recommend their services.
  • Research: Before interviewing prospective agents, you should take the time to get to know yourself and your housing needs a bit better. Ask friends and family for recommendations and feel free to check out your prospective agent by conducting a web search on them.
  • Screen Potential Candidates: Privacy and the Internet do not necessarily go hand in hand and that makes it easy to find out the inside scoop on potential agents.. Once you have the names of your potential real estate agents, plug their info into the browser of your favorite search engine and see if you unearth. If there are any comments about your potential broker, either good or bad, chances are you can find them online and judge for yourself.
  • Interview: Regardless of whether you are planning on buying or selling your home, you will spend plenty of time with your agent. During the interview the potential broker should be able to provide you detailed answers based on your initial research and you should like the way they respond. Their personality has the power to make or break any deal and affect your bottom line.
  • Contract: Once you decide on your perfect representative, you will be required to sign a contract with them. The document will include such terms as their fee and “exclusive” limitations.

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Find the Shoe For You! Shoe Fitting Tips For Foot Health

Shoe shopping can be a nightmare! The wrong shoes can cause or aggravate foot ailments. The right shoes can often prevent – but cannot correct – problems. So wearing the right shoes is vital to foot health. Follow these simple suggestions when picking out shoes. If problems persist, visit your podiatrist. They will be happy to help you.


Leather is best because is breathes like skin and molds to your foot. But cheaper canvas is fine for fast-growing children. Breathable mesh is also good especially in athletic shoes. Soles should be strong and flexible with a good gripping surface.

Insoles should be cushioned to absorb the jolts of walking on hard surfaces, but have enough arch support for your foot type. Some people require custom insoles for good foot health and comfort. Arch supports distribute weight over a wider area. Rigid shanks also give added support.

High heels can be fun and look good, but they should not be worn too long at a stretch or for much walking. Besides cramping the toes, they change the biomechanics of your whole body making back pain, foot strains and aggravation of foot deformities more likely.

Thongs and ballerina flats with no support are just as bad and can cause and aggravate many foot ailments.


Only you can tell if shoes fit. If they aren’t comfortable, don’t buy them! Many podiatrists and certified pedorthists have a digital fitting system that can scan your feet and suggest the proper shoe size. This can help! Don’t be surprised if you are wearing two shoe sizes too small. Most people wear their shoes at least a half a size too small! This includes men as well as women.

Don’t plan on shoes stretching with wear. Many times shoes can be stretched if you find that the ones you own are too tight. Better advice would be to replace them.

Because feet spread with age, have your feet measured every time you buy shoes. Especially if you have had recent weight gain or pregnancy. Always measure both feet: they are often slightly different sizes. Always buy shoes for the BIGGEST foot.

Go shoe shopping late in the afternoon. Feet swell to their largest later in the day. If you must buy shoes in the morning, buy them slightly larger.

Size depends on shoe make and style, too. The number is just that…a number! Don’t insist you always wear one size if the next feels better. Remember the size is merely a suggested number and changes with brand and style.

Wiggle your toes to make sure you have enough room in the toe box. You should have one thumb width from the end of your longest toe to the end of the shoe. Remember this may be your second toe not your great toe.

Your forefoot should NOT be wider than your shoe. Look to see if your foot is spreading out over the sole of the shoes at the sides.

Unfortunately, most shoes today are narrower in the front than the foot is. You can check this by standing on paper and tracing around your bare foot. Compare the outline of your foot with the sole of your shoe. If your shoe appears too narrow, you may be inviting foot problems. Choose only shoes that feel comfortable – you are the best judge of that.

The heel should fit snugly and the instep should not gape open.

And finally, if the shoe doesn’t fit – don’t buy it!

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Mobile Marketing Tip: How $50 A Day Turns Into ENDLESS Leads From Advanced Mobile Marketing

Stop looking at Google AdWords as the only way to start generating traffic to your lead generation pages. Please. Here’s a great mobile marketing tip no matter how large your business, no matter how limited your budgets for marketing. (How does $50 a day sound?)

The biggest problem that I see happening in the world of mobile advertising techniques is that business owners are far too in love with their home page to be able to make the right decision as to where to send prospective customers. It does NOT MATTER that your website cost you eight thousand and that it has Flash movies embedded into it.

Your job as you start to use mobile tactics that work is to build lead generation SYSTEMS that you can turn on and let run. For this to happen best, and if you know that you suddenly have an unlimited amount of targeted traffic available to you at about 6 CENTS PER CLICK, then you need to start steering that mobile ad traffic to pages that are going to incentivize them to act.

The big players call these CPA pages. Cost Per Action pages. And on them is where you collect a name or a zip code or an email (email being the lowest hanging fruit.)

To get that person to want to know more about what makes you so different, and this really is the mobile marketing tip that few of you will act on, you need to BRIBE them.

Yes, he said “bribe.”

And I said bribe because that is what works.

By offering that new person something of real value (think a pdf of your best thoughts in your niche) you instantly create “stick marketing” and you start to build a relationship that can turn into sales.

There is no mobile marketing guide out there that is the bible of the business. But if you ask the mobile marketing CPA experts, they will tell you that to get people to opt in to your new business, you need to give away some of your best content…things of real value.

Mobile marketing lead generation works if you understand the philosophy behind it. The best mobile marketing tip I ever got was to do whatever it took for someone to want my content so that I could start to get them into a marketing dialogue.

Take the tip.

It’s free.

(Oh, by the way, all of this is available by spending a mere $50 a day on the biggest mobile platform on the web, and the one that Google just happens to now own.)

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